At home in ‘The Hamptons’

Amagansett, New York – SG Blocks

Built area:     180m2 (1942 sq. ft.) + 120m2 (1,300 sq. ft.) of decks
Year built:      2011
Photography:      Prudential Douglas Elliman

‘The Hamptons’ are the summer and occasional weekend retreat for many of New York’s elite. Located on the eastern end of Long Island, houses regularly sell for $10 million and, sometimes, far more. The home featured here is a minnow having sold for a mere $1.4 million. But what is more unusual, is that it’s a container home.

The First Container Home in the Hamptons
The First Container Home in the Hamptons

Named by its developer, The Beach Box, the home stands in stark contrast to the more traditionally styled homes of the area such as this one:

Gatsby revisited?
Gatsby revisited?

But for most of us, The Beach Box is the more realistic objective with its four bedroom, two and a half bedroom layout. Built off site by SG Blocks and shipped to the site, the home comprises six modules – four on the ground floor and two on the upper.

Insulation is by way of spray foam internally and timber and fibre-cement cladding externally. The home also features low-E glazing and a thermoplastic roof and achieves a high energy efficiency.

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Container homes are only one of the new generation of exciting housing developments. If you are wondering why, consider these points:


  • meet or exceed structural safety codes
  • are very corrosion resistant with seven coats of hard-wearing paint applied during manufacture
  • are impervious to water, insects, mold and mildew
  • can reduce construction time by up to 40%
  • can reduce construction costs by up to 20%
  • are green—with the lowest energy utilization in the market
  • are perfect for schools, dorms, barracks, hotels and housing
  • can be fit out modularly and are easily expandable
  • can be built to be fully mobile
  • are extreme weather-resistant

As a final consideration, there are enough unloved, empty containers sitting in ports to circle the Equator twice!


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